‘The Music Box’ is a sensational new album in which Nottinghamshire-based composer Gareth Peter Dicks masterfully blends the familiar styles of rock, pop, classical and musical theatre to create a memorable musical journey for the listener. Add into the mix his distinctive approach to writing lyrics (with one song finding great emotional depth by using a piece of classic Shakespearian text) and the result is an album that crosses the boundaries of musical theatre into contemporary pop-rock so as to be accessible and enjoyed by all.
RICARDO ALFONSO (We Will Rock You, Top Hat), CHRIS BARTON (BBC’s Any Dream Will Do), GINA BECK (Phantom, Les Mis, Wicked), RICHARD DEMPSEY (Honk, Fame, Dirty Dancing), LIAM DOYLE (High School Musical 2, Hairspray Tour), REBECCA LOCK (Martin Guerre, Avenue Q, Phantom) JEFF NICHOLSON (Les Mis), SARAH EARNSHAW (Wicked, Jekyll & Hyde) and KATIE ROWLEY JONES (Wicked, Sister Act, Beauty & the Beast) ROSS HUNTER (We Will Rock You, Legally Blond). LAURA PITT-PULFORD (Sunset Boulevard, Parade, Copacabana) LIAM TAMNE (Hairspray, Hair, Les Mizserables) GEMMA SUTTON (Imagine This, Oklohoma, Legally Blond) MARTIN NEELY (Annie, Les Mizserables) ABI FINLEY (BBC’s How Do You Solve, Fame, Blondel).
Gareth, who is well-known in the world of musical theatre for composing the popular concept album ‘Bluebird: The Musical’ which featured RAMIN KARIMLOO (Love Never Dies, Phantom), was dubbed ‘CD of the month’ by the German musicals magazine, and even aired on Elaine Paige’s Radio Two Show, said about the recording of the album: “This has been one of the biggest and most complex projects I have ever undertaken; more so than any musical that I have written to date. However in producing this album of original music I have been able to write styles of songs that wouldn’t sit comfortably in a typical musical, whilst also providing the perfect opportunity to re-imagine some of my earlier songs from my shows ‘Escape’, ‘A Million Grains of Sand’ and ‘Bluebird’.”